September 1, 1999
Kids' VBS gifts help rebuild church
___FORT WORTH--The "little bit" of money given by Vacation Bible School participants at Ridglea West Baptist Church in Fort Worth won't rebuild Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Bridge City, Okla., but it did result in a standing ovation and a few whoops and hollers.
___In June, tornadoes ripped through central Oklahoma, demolishing the building of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, near Oklahoma City.
___"Everything was gone, in crumbles," explained Katie Robinson, a member of Ridglea West Baptist Church, after visiting the site.
___With the devastation in mind, the children attending VBS in Fort Worth took an offering to help rebuild the Oklahoma church. The participants gave a record amount of $394.50.
___"The next Sunday, a group of seven--including all age groups --traveled to Bridge City to give their gift.
___"It was very hard to find the church, with rubble everywhere. We discovered that one pile of rubble was--or used to be--the church," Robinson said.
___They found the congregation meeting in a gym.
___"When we heard your church had been destroyed, we couldn't even imagine what it would be like to go to church, but instead find a pile of rubble," Robinson said the Fort Worth residents told the members of Ridgecrest.
___"We know this little bit won't rebuild your church, but surely you can use it. We are praying for you," she added.
___The Ridglea West members were touched by the disaster, she added, and feel it is wonderful when churches can pull together from different states and different places.
___The folks at Ridgecrest agreed and gave the Fort Worthers a standing ovation and even a few whoops and hollers, she said.
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